Having not been seen since a disappointing ninth in the Flemington Fling (1000m) on Melbourne Cup day, exciting sprinter Kuroshio has been highlighted as a possibility for the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield on February 22nd by trainer Peter Snowden.
Most notably claiming the Group 2 McEwan Stakes (1000m) from Moment Of Change in September, Kuroshio noticeably faded throughout his Spring campaign following a busy autumn preparation and was immediately placed in the spelling paddock after his early November flop.
Finishing a strong third behind classy runners Bel Sprinter and Flamberge at a Cranbourne barrier trial on Tuesday, Snowden said the Exceed And Excel colt is a strong competitor, but will have to be at his best to claim a maiden Group 1 title.
“He’s a pretty quick horse, but the opposition is going to be pretty stiff” Snowden told TVN following the trial.
“But, he’s only going to get around 51 kilos, so we will give him a shot.”
Kuroshio made his debut in 2012, claiming the Listed Herald Sun Superracing Stakes (1000m) and continued to make his presence felt with strong performances in the Listed Inglis Debutants Stakes (1000m) and Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m).
2013 started particularly slowly for the talented colt, unable to make any impact on three consecutive events before returning to the winner’s circle in the McEwan Stakes.
Kuroshio is shaping as the Darley operation’s best chance of an Oakleigh Plate triumph, having previously saddled hot favourite Sepoy to a disappointing fifth in the race’s 2012 edition most notably.
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